Java moss (Vesicularia dubyana, but it may actually be Taxiphyllum barbieri) is an aquatic plant from Hypnaceae family. This is a popular aquarium plant. It was named after Swiss plant biologist Dubyana. This plant is quite widely spread in amateur tanks due to its properties: simplicity and the fact that this moss is good as a spawning substrate for fish as well as its incredible decorative effect.
Christmas moss or Xmas Moss (lat. Vesicularia montagnei) – is an aquarium plant which together with Java moss makes the most widespread mosses in aquarium husbandry. Christmas moss got its name due to the fact that its preformed shoots hang down and overlap each other like fir-tree branches and the moss itself resembles a fir-tree shape as well. However, green color of this moss is much brighter and lighter, than that of Java moss.
Phoenix Moss (Fissidens fontanus) got its Latin name due to the fact that its appearance resembles a frozen fountain – the plant grows from the center in many different directions like a streaming fountain. With the help of this moss you can create spots that will definitely attract spectators attention to your aquascape.
Pistia or water lettuce is a monotypical genus of the Araceae family, represented only by a single kind of fluctuant – Pistia stratiotes. This widespread plant can often be encountered in tanks since it looks appealing and not demanding in terms of care. In the article, you will find out about the plant habitat, how to propagate and keep it in a tank properly.